With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Senior Master Sergeant George Steven Dent, USAF (Ret.), a decorated veteran that served during the Vietnam era peacefully departed from this life on the morning of Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at his residence in Warner Robins, Georgia. His legacy of service and faith will forever be in our hearts.
Born on February 7, 1943, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, George was the cherished son of the late Robert Bell and Virginia Dent. On March 12, 1982, he married his soulmate, Linda Faye Dent and their union was a testament to enduring love and companionship.
George proudly served as a superintendent in the United States Air Force, exemplifying honor, and duty. Throughout his career, George completed three tours of active duty in Korea and embarked on assignments spanning the globe, from Goose Bay, Labrador, to Panama. His commitment and exceptional leadership earned him numerous medals, ribbons, and awards, culminating in his retirement with the distinguished rank of Senior Master Sergeant after 28 years of service. Alongside his military accomplishments, George pursued higher education, attaining an Associate of Science Degree from Rio Salado Community College, and later securing a Bachelor of Science from Park College. He further honed his leadership skills at the NCO Leadership Academy. Notably, George also lent his expertise to the Department of Defense as an Industrial Engineering Specialist, and concluded his career with a second and final retirement at the United States Post Office.
George's life was not solely defined by his military and professional achievements. He was an ordained minister who devoted himself to the service of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His faith was the cornerstone of his life, and he served as a Sunday School teacher and Bible Study leader. George also served as the minister of New Jerusalem Holiness Church in McKeesport and was a member of Fellowship Bible Baptist Church. His ministry included going into different prisons, ministering and praying for the prisoners and the staff. He was also a member of American Legion Post 594 and served the American Legion Veterans. George leaves behind a legacy of honor, compassion, and love that will continue to inspire all of us.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his son, Derrick D. Morgan; siblings, Johnny Will Florence Garth (Frederick), Evelyn Robertson (Leonard), Fannie Davis (William), Bessie McDowell (Alonzo), Jerome Dent (Lillian), and Edward Dent; as well as grandfather, Reverend Dexter Bell.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Faye Dent of Warner Robins; children, Kenneth Dent, Edward Dent (Coretta Buggs), Pamela Joyner (Valentino), Steven L. Dent (Kimberly L.), Sheanita Morgan-Lawson (Dwayne); grandchildren, Renaldo Lawson, Zsa Zsa K. Lawson, Malik J. Lawson, Malcolm J. Lawson, Christian Dent, Morgan Dent, Kiondra Anderson, Edward Jerome Dent, Jr. (Avery), Briyonna Baskin, Yusuf Baskin, Jayla Joyner, Nyla Joyner, Len Colquitt, and Miracle Buggs; great-grandchildren, Edward Dent III, Rylee Gary, and Kairo Crank; as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law; and other special family members to include, Kenneth McClelland (J. McClelland), Helen Jones, Lavon Primm, Obadiah McClelland, Marzette Jackson, Maggie Jackson (Rev. Jackson), and Jerry McClelland, all of Rockford, Illinois, and Shirley McClelland of Detroit, Michigan, Kathy Johnson of Bernice, Louisiana; special family cousins, Hosie and Veloria Mays, and Jacci Dinkins and Terri McIntoush; as well as a large host of beloved cousins and family members from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, and Louisiana; and many other loving family members and friends.
Visitation with friends and family will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Baptist Church; a funeral service will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. Afterward, SMSgt. George Steven Dent, USAF (Ret.) will be laid to rest in Parkway Memorial Gardens.
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